Since December 2011 I´ve been exchanging emails with a man whose profile I found on the "Positivesdating" website.I am a German and he claimed to be a native Italian, growing up in Rome and spending most of his life there. Some years ago he had moved to the U.S., where his American mother had settled down after the death of his father. He told me some very amazing, hard to believe details about his life, but as my own story is some kind of extraordinary as well and I hadn´t heard anything about love scammers so far, I was willing to trust him. He said his name was Lee Henry Leone, he was a 43 yrs old widower and a father of a 4 yrs old daughter called Jenny. He worked as a self-employed engineer in the oil industry....Guess what, in January 2012 he allegedly left the States together with his "little girl" for Manchester, U.K. in order to do some business negotiations. Afterwards, as he told me, he went to the Bakassi peninsula(Africa, Cameroon) where he wanted to drill and ship some crude oil....Meanwhile he had asked me to set up the Yahoo messenger, so we could chat online and get to know each other better. Strange enough, he claimed his laptop didn´t have a webcam, but anyway he asked me to switch on mine whenever chatting with me. I must admit there were more than enough signs warning me of that guy - being a businessman but not having a laptop with an integrated webcam, taking his little daughter with him on a business trip to Africa, often using some Spanish expressions ("mia seniorita") but being a native Italian, hardly ever answering any of my questions, claiming not to have any friends or family members at all, asking me for pictures, but not giving me one of himself as his daughter had broken his camera, let alone his poor English spelling skills .... I must have been completely blind!!! The point is that for me it was something like love at first sight, I actually loved the picture on his profile so much, showing him with his daughter(at least that´s what I thought). However, it wasn´t any of the pictures which had been posted here before, it wasn´t even the same man!!! Unluckily I hadn´t saved his profile before he deleted it, so I can only describe the photo: there was a man sitting on it wearing some casual clothes, a grey hoodie, a green tee-shirt and a red basecap, he seemed to be bald and he had a grey beard. Next to him there stood a little girl with long, light brown hair wearing a light pink shirt with pink hearts on it, maybe some pyjamas. You couldn´t see much of the room in which they we were, however I got the impression they were Americans. The surroundings didn´t look affluent and the photo was definitely not arranged, but a private snapshot! The man on this picture smiled so nicely that I had a crush on him right there - it´s really a pity he will never know!
To cut a long story short, my scammer wanted to spend my birthday with me here in Germany, but instead of giving me some detailed information about his arrival, one day he suddenly told me his daughter had put a key into a socket and was struggling for life now in hospital, but the doctors there only would continue to treat her if he paid them immediately. So he asked me to send him 2240 USD! At that point I finally woke up....I told him I would only send the money directly to the hospital´s bank account as I didn´t want to get trapped by a scammer....He continued to play his role and told me he would ask for their account and get in touch with me later, but of course he never has written back again!
You may wonder why I´m sure that my scammer is the same one this post deals with, Cayo Alejandro aka Eric Carlos....I´m 100% sure because he wrote me an email which is almost completely identical with the one he had written to the member Ericka before, including some of his favorite expressions such as "mia seniorita", "golden platter", "rare gem"etc. Besides he used the same story for both of us, the Bakassi location, the oil drilling, the Ex-wife, who died of drug abuse, the injured daughter....
I remember there was another profile on the "Positivesdating" website at the time I contacted Lee H.Leone in December2011, using one of the pictures which allegedly belong to Cayo Alejandro.It was the one on which he and the girl are standing behind a big window looking down on some water. Funnily this profile is gone now, but nevertheless the same person currently has got another profile on that website (navasm, 31yrs, male), now using that picture which looks as if it was taken at the movies (green seats, him and the girl, she´s wearing a pink top).
For me he used the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
and the IM address email@example.com
, his IP address was 18.104.22.168 .
> Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 22:27:33 +0100
> Subject: Re:
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Hello sweetie;
> How you doing and hows your day going? I'm so sorry you havent heard
> from me over the past few days, i have to say it really has been so
> traumatic for me and as i'm writing you right now our little girl is
> in the ICU struggling between life and death. Its such a long story,
> but will try to be online and available on IM later tonight. So do let
> me know when you are online and available to talk..
> Miss you much!!
> LeoneIM 0:IM 0:32:31. 24. Feb 2012
0:10:28 Lee H. Leone: Hello sweetie..
0:10:29 Lee H. Leone: <ding>
0:10:33 Lee H. Leone: You still there?
0:10:48 : Of course am there!
0:11:18: need to know what has happened!
0:11:43 Lee H. Leone: Its such a long story sweetie, i mean right now i feel so beaten up.
0:12:28 Lee H. Leone: As our little girl is still in the ICU struggling to survive, and the hotel is pressing charges for damage and all.
0:14:13: As you can imagine I don´t have the slightest idea what is going on?!
0:14:42: What kind of damage?
0:14:51 Lee H. Leone: Ok. This is what happened sweetie.
0:16:29 Lee H. Leone: About a forthnight ago, i was out to meet with the flight agent so as to reschedule my flight and change my destination. And left our little girl all to herself in the motel we are lodged, as she was sleeping.
0:17:07 Lee H. Leone: Only for me to get back some hours later, and find her laying helplessly in her own pool of blood.
0:18:05 Lee H. Leone: Only then, i realised she had inserted a key into an open circuit and she got herself electrocuted by the current.
0:19:07 Lee H. Leone: It just didnt stop there, as it went out to destroy some electrical appliances in the room.
0:19:44 Lee H. Leone: She had to be rushed to the local hopsital around here, where she has been in the ICU for some days now.
0:20:27 Lee H. Leone: And now, the doctor's have refused to continue treatment on her until i complete the medical bills and payment.
0:20:37 Lee H. Leone: You still there?
0:20:48 : Of course....
0:21:41 Lee H. Leone: So right now honey, the doctor's have refused to continue treatment until they get the complete payment.
0:22:01 Lee H. Leone: And to be sincere with you, i have exhausted all available means to raise funds.
0:23:48: Don´t you have a health insurance?
0:25:22 Lee H. Leone: If i did, i wouldnt be asking for a little favour.
0:26:13 : What kind of favor?
0:26:20 Lee H. Leone: I also have tried contacting the consul down here, and the appointment they are giving me is in about 2 weeks as they have other citizens with same and similiar casualty to attend to..
0:27:54 Lee H. Leone: ....., i know this might sound absurb but i need a lil favour so that the doc's can continue treatment on her.
0:28:05 Lee H. Leone: As delay is dangerous in this case.e
0:29:04 : How much do you need?
0:30:27 Lee H. Leone: Baby i dont mean to sound demanding, but they seek about 2,240USD to further treatment on our little girl..
0:31:50 : I don´t have the money, must ask...... for it.....
0:32:31 Lee H. Leone: Baby, i will totally understand if you can come up with all of that.
IM 0:54:16. 24. Feb 2012
0:32:50 Lee H. Leone: But what do you think, you can come up with? So the treatment can commence immediately.
0:34:48 : Where is she in hospital?
0:35:04 Lee H. Leone: How do you mean?
0:35:37 Lee H. Leone: She's in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital here, that is an emergency ward.
0:36:03 : Yep, but where is here?
0:36:38 Lee H. Leone: The Bakassi Peninsula sweetie.
0:39:19 Lee H. Leone: Did i lost you?
0:40:09 : How is the place called exactly? You don´t know about that, but am very experienced in things which have to do with Cameroon.....
0:40:56 Lee H. Leone: What do you mean sweetie?
0:41:42 : ............................
0:43:07 Lee H. Leone: Ok honey, and now how do you think you can be of help to our little girl and I?
0:45:37 Lee H. Leone: Cus she needs to get attended to as soon as possible, so we can get the hell out of here.
0:45:44 Lee H. Leone: And head back to your loving arms.
0:46:37 : Where are you exactly?
0:48:09 Lee H. Leone: The bakassi peninsula sweetie.. Why do you keep asking this?
0:49:39 : I want to contact the hospital and talk to the doctor......
0:50:53 Lee H. Leone: Baby that really wont change anything, as have pleaded with him to no avail.
0:52:26 : So what do you want me to do?
0:54:16 Lee H. Leone: I dont know if you can help us out with some funds, so we can sort this and the treatments will continue. Even if it means repaying five times over.
IM 1:26:31. 24. Feb 2012
0:56:24 : I´ve understood so far....Where should the money go to?
0:56:58 Lee H. Leone: What do you think you can come up with honey?
0:58:17 : Can you give me a bank account?
0:58:43 Lee H. Leone: Baby, the banking system out here is very poor and unsecured.
0:58:59 Lee H. Leone: I will think of an alternative means of recieving the funds.
0:59:23 : Lee, may I ask you a question?
0:59:59 Lee H. Leone: Am listening baby...
1:02:08 : Why don´t you just tell me where the hell you are? What is this place called, what´s the name of the hospital....Why are you beating about the bush.....?
1:04:12 Lee H. Leone: Baby, I'm in Bakassi Pennisula and the hospital is Ekpet Obom Memorial Hospital.
1:05:14: Where do you want me to send the money?
1:06:17 Lee H. Leone: Baby you still havent told me what you are coming up with.
1:07:07 : I told you i got to ask .......for the money....
1:08:28 Lee H. Leone: Baby why do you have to ask ..... and what will you tell him you need this for?
1:12:23 : ....and of course .....will check out that hospital before spending any money.....I will tell ..... the truth....that I´m not sure whether you are a scammer or your story is weird, but true.....am sure he will find out....if it´s true you´ll get the money you´re asking for....
1:13:22 Lee H. Leone: What did you take me for..?
1:13:33 Lee H. Leone: Do you think is all anout the moeny?
1:13:37 Lee H. Leone: Money**
1:17:29 Lee H. Leone: Do you get me .....
1:17:47 Lee H. Leone: Cus why on earth, will you compare me to a scammer?
1:18:01 Lee H. Leone: Everything all that has transpired between you and I.
1:18:06 : I don´t know what it´s all about....anyway it´s a very weird story, you must admit that....and i´m completely aware there are thousands of people in this world earning their living with that......I promised myself long time ago never to get trapped.....am sure you´d be careful as well if you were me...
1:18:10 Lee H. Leone: ....., you amaze me with all of this you are saying.
1:19:58 : Why? You should be very content....If it´s true what you tell me, I will help you....Isn´t that what you want?
1:20:37 Lee H. Leone: Yes, but why the comparism with a scammer and all.
1:20:55 Lee H. Leone: Its disheartening that you dont trust and believe me after coming this far.
1:21:39 : I´m just not stupid, haven´t I told you this?
1:23:43 : In fact I don´t know anything about you, and have always been aware of that.....
1:24:12 Lee H. Leone: And what do you want to know about me, that you havent asked before now?
1:25:39 : Now I´d like to know the account where the money should go to....
1:26:31 Lee H. Leone: I have told you, i dont have a bank account down here...
IM 1:52:13. 24. Feb 2012
1:26:52 Lee H. Leone: Will ask for an alternative means of getting funds and get back to you..
1:28:08 : Why can´t we just send it directly to the hospital´s account.....am sure they must have one...
1:29:09 Lee H. Leone: Ok. Will ask after that tomorrow morning, and get back to you.
1:31:37 : O.k., do that....!
1:32:12 Lee H. Leone: Alright, and what you doing now?
1:33:01 : What do you mean?
1:37:41 : Tomorrow morning I will call ...... and tell him about it....probably he will send an email or fax to the German embassy in Yaunde asking for information about that hospital....We still have all the necessary addresses and faxnumbers etc. at home, so it will go pretty fast ....
1:43:48 : Am sorry if I do you wrong and will apologize a thousand times later, but at the moment I´m pretty sure you´re a scammer.....Hope I will find out that it´s not the case, but actually don´t really think so....am very lucky my heart is nearly unbreakable....
1:46:26 Lee H. Leone: Thank you!!
1:47:29 : No problem, ask for their account...
1:47:45 Lee H. Leone: Ok will do, and get back to you on the morrow.
1:48:01 Lee H. Leone: What you doing now, i need to rest now.
1:48:10 Lee H. Leone: Its going to be a stressful day tomorrow.
1:49:18 : For me as well....
1:50:43 : ....am so sorry!!!!
1:52:13 : Let´s sign off now.....Good night to you!
IM 1:56:40. 24. Feb 2012
1:56:40 : Do you still want to tell me anything?Link and comments deleted.-SH
This man is very professional, I dont´think he´s doing any other job but romance scam to earn his living and I still miss chatting with him although I know he´s nothing but a mean scumbag breaking women´s hearts with a smile on his face....The picture where he´s holding the notes for Michele in his hands is very interesting. I´m pretty sure it´s only his body, and the head of the other man whose pictures he abuses is fixed on top with the help of Photoshop....But so we can see, he must be a white guy, probably a Latino, at least that´s what his Spanish language skills imply.....